With Miss D Through the Carpathians

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Flag of Romania  , Hunedoara,
Sunday, September 19, 2010

The east European plain continues, in the rain. Well I wanted to be part of the countryside I was in! The border crossing into Romania was a lot simpler than the last time I passed through. Passport produced at two different cabins, no vehicle documents, no vignette required and I'm through. I could carry on to Bulgaria but I'd enjoyed my brief stay some years ago and wanted to explore the Carpathians a bit more. Anyway I didn't want to remember Romania as a flat plain where it chucked it down. So Miss D was given instructions, the sun started to shine, the roadworks were bad and it was only Sunday and all was well with the world as I edged into the mountains, the curving roads, the warm sun and not terribly clear where I was going and not particularly worried that Miss D might have her own plans as is her wont.

Romania has changed a lot since I last came here seven or so years ago. There appears to be a greater prosperity. There are lots of upmarket cars speeding along the roads. The larger towns have the usual suspects on their outskirts, Tesco, Auchan, Marathon, all the car dealers etc. etc. More service stations accept credit cards. What hasn't changed is the percentage of lunatic drivers whose approach is based on the notion that there is only them on the road. Only now they drive in faster cars!

At about 5pm I finally realise that I'm not going where I thought I was. Oh! That Miss D! Not to worry I pull into a pension. Clean and comfortable and and bustling with activity. As I settle down in bed later that evening the strains of live music float up the stairs from the bar. I don't bother to go back to the bar again. I can hear enough from where I am.
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Catherine Mulvie on

Lovely comments Peter, takes me back..... Keep them coming.

BRYAN STEPHENSON on

HI PETER I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YERSELL.
I am jealous, we just got back from assen and the Cenenial meeting , and a good weekend,
i could have quite easily turned right at Ijmuiden and caught you up in about a month,
look after yourself and your battery

nick brigham on

This week's homework is to write a letter to a punctuation mark. An even sillier exercise, perhaps, than riding a solo motorcycle through Iran. However I shall be delighted to read out your submission in the next class, assuming you don't get sidetracked by any more 'filles qui sont mortes"

BRYAN STEPHENSON on

I KNOW PETER AND HE WILL GET THE GIST,
I DID IT IN A HURRY, FEEL FREE TO USE IT, I ONLY GOT O' LEVEL ENGLISH,
BEING FROM THE FAR NORTH WELL WHAT CAN I SAY APART FROM I WISH I WAS WITH PETER INSTEAD OF ENGLISH CLASS

Graham Walker on

Dont you just hate it.
We are stuck here reading about where we would like to be.
Look after yesel Peter, and enjoy!!!!(the last bit through gritted teeth)

Graham

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